A search warrant obtained by Local 2 Investigates reveals the evidence investigators found while searching for a newborn who was kidnapped when his mother was shot to death.
Kala Golden Schuchardt, 28, was gunned down after taking her three-day-old son, Keegan, to the Northwoods Pediatric Center in Spring on Tuesday afternoon. That clinic reopened on Friday.
People have been leaving bouquets of flowers at the site as part of a makeshift memorial.
Verna Deann McClain, 31, has been charged with capital murder.
McClain made her first court appearance on Thursday. She was assigned two attorneys.
McClain is being held without bond. A bail hearing will be held on Monday.
Schuchardt's funeral has been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, 12177 Interstate 45 in Willis.
Defense attorneys said that McClain did not know what she was doing and they are planning a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
"She is emotionally distraught," attorney Stephen Jackson said. "She doesn't understand a lot of what's going on. She's very confused as to where she's at, why she's there."
Detectives said McClain is in a single cell and is under a 24-hour suicide watch hold. Investigators said they believe she acted alone.
Montgomery County sheriff's deputies said McClain did not know Schuchardt and was planning to present the child as her own after a miscarriage.
"The investigation so far would indicate that this was a random choice," Capt. Bruce Zenor said. "I think she knew the patterns at the pediatric center where she was at because she had taken her children there in the past."
Records showed that McClain, a licensed vocational nurse, admitted to shooting Schuchardt and taking her son. After taking the newborn, McClain told her sister that she now had the child and was ready to start the paperwork to adopt him, according to court records.
Detectives said McClain told them recently had a miscarriage, but she told her fiancé that she had given birth to his child.
"She needed to justify to her soon-to-be (husband), they were going to get married in May," Zenor said. "She told him she was pregnant and had given birth to a child, by him."
Keegan is white. McClain and her fiancé are black.
"She represented this as her child," Zenor said.
Zenor said the child was never presented to McClain's fiancé.
Multiple sources connected to the investigation have said that detectives are having trouble pinning down specific information about that miscarriage, including when it happened or where she was treated.
Jackson declined to comment about the miscarriage claim.
The healthy 3-day-old infant was found around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators said McClain took Keegan to her sister's home along Sugar Pine Drive in Harris County.
Children's Protective Services officials said that Keegan was turned over to his maternal grandmother. He is not with his father, Keith Schuchardt, for several reasons. He has not yet signed his son's birth certificate. CPS said it is checking into the family's home life and Keith Schuchardt's criminal background, which includes a drug charge. Officials said they were also waiting for drug test results before the father could have custody of Keegan, which was standard procedure.
Kala Marie Golden Schuchardt also had 2- and 4-year-old sons.
Suspect Found Hours After Shooting, Kidnapping
Deputies found the car used in the kidnapping at the Fawnridge Apartments on Sawdust near Sawmill, about a mile from the shooting scene, a few hours after the attack. Investigators said McClain returned to the complex and approached them, claiming to have information about the vehicle.
"She knew from the media that we were looking for that specific vehicle and she knew she was associated with that," Schmitt
Schmitt said McClain acted as if she was trying to be helpful in the investigation.